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What causes cancer pain usually?

What causes cancer pain usually?

Nerve involvement: Tumor tissues invade surrounding normal tissues, including nerves and that can cause pain. Tumor infiltrating the bone causes weakness and overt or micro fractures that are painful. Inflammation often accompanies cancerous tissues and may contribute to the pain. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Could slight breast pain mean cancer or muscle strain?

Could slight breast pain mean cancer or muscle strain?

Yes: Most cancers of the breast don't cause pain but some do, so what you describe could be almost anything. At your age is not likely to be cancer but if it bothers you enough to ask, why don't you have it checked by your doc? Hopefully it will take a weight out of your mind. ...Read more

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Cancer pain (Tip)

Cancer pain is real. Take pain meds regularly, using both long and short-acting meds. ...See more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Can chemo for colon cancer lead to painful urination (blood tests ruled out uti)? And advice to treat the pain?

Can chemo for colon cancer lead to painful urination (blood tests ruled out uti)? And advice to treat the pain?

Best is: To discuss with your oncologist regarding any known side effects of the chemo drugs being used. Pain could be related to your prior colon surgery also so a meeting with the surgeon would be reasonable as well. With no more information it is difficult to give you any more detailed answer. ...Read more

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What's best management of cancer pain?

What's best management of cancer pain?

Cancer pain: Managing cancer pain depends on what is causing the pain. In general patients will be given oral pain meds that are used every 4to6 hours, this is followed by meds given every 12hours. If this doesn't work patches can sometimes help, pumps can be used to deliver meds iv, occassionally an injection may be the best tool. Radiation is a great tool to manage cance pain as well. ...Read more

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Cancer pain (Tip)

Don't suffer in silence. Tell your cancer doc about your pain level on every visit. ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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Bloody urine with some clots, painful urination. All went away after treatment on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Lab report not in. Is this likely UTI or bladder cancer?

Bloody urine with some clots, painful urination. All went away after treatment on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Lab report not in. Is this likely UTI or bladder cancer?

UTI: Although statistically, hematuria in this setting is most likely due to cystitis/uti, I would still recommend cystoscopy and upper tract imaging to rule out other more serious causes especially if there is not a strongly positive urinerr culture. ...Read more

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How to get rid of cancer sores fast! I have a date sunday and I want a home remidy to get them to go away in less than 24 hours. Please help!?

How to get rid of cancer sores fast! I have a date sunday and I want a home remidy to get them to go away in less than 24 hours. Please help!?

Cold Sores: Canker sores - or "cold sores"- are caused by latent viruses that activate under periods of sess, infection, or for unknown reasons. There a over-the-counter treatments at purport to help (see, e.g., http://dentistry.About. Com/od/basicdentalcare/f/cankertreatment. Htm). They usually aren't effective that fast, so there is always makeup, if possible. Most men worth dating will look past the surface. ...Read more

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Cancer pain (Tip)

Opiate pain medicines are controversial for long term (> 9 wks) control of chronic non-cancer pain. ...See more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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Could morphine help prevent most pain in cancer patients?

Could morphine help prevent most pain in cancer patients?

Morphine is: ..A great drug, and it helps many patients deal with pain issues but there are many other drugs and non-pharmaceutical modalities to help cancer patients with pain. It should be an individualized approach. Docs and patients need to work together to find the proper treatment for each patient. It is not ok to live with pain or "suck it up". ...Read more

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My oncologist thinks I have an abscess. He did a blood culture so I will get results. Big painful lump still there. Is it inflammatory breast cancer?

My oncologist thinks I have an abscess. He did a blood culture so I will get results. Big painful lump still there. Is it inflammatory breast cancer?

Lump: Big painful lump is not classic for inflammatory breast cancer (ibc). Ibc does typically cause redness, warmth, and swelling but typically without a lump. This doesn't mean it's definitely not cancer, but you are doing the right thing in having it examined/cultured. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Cancer pain (Tip)

Until seeing an Interventional Pain Management Doctor, you haven't exhausted your treatment options. ...See more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Consider seeing a physical therapist
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How is cancer pain assessed?

Scale of 1-10: Pain is generally assessed on a scale of 1-10. One being normal and ten being the worst pain a person has experienced. ...Read more

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What causes cancer pain usually?

Nerve involvement: Tumor tissues invade surrounding normal tissues, including nerves and that can cause pain. Tumor infiltrating the bone causes weakness and overt or micro fractures that are painful. Inflammation often accompanies cancerous tissues and may contribute to the pain. ...Read more

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Cancer pain (Tip)

Do take pain medicine instead of avoiding it due to fear of addiction; that is a myth. ...See more

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Living with Ongoing Pain (Checklist)

Go to a physician who is trained to treat chronic pain
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Continue to look for more therapies that might be right for you
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Make sure to keep moving, as pain will only get worse
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Consider counseling for coping strategies
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What can be done about cancer pain?

Much can be done: Most cancer pain can be controlled by a palliative medicine or pain specialist. It may take a combination of medications that work in different ways, interventional procedures such as nerve blocks or implantable pain pumps, radiation therapy and other modalities such as massage or acupuncture. ...Read more

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What's best management of cancer pain?

Cancer pain: Managing cancer pain depends on what is causing the pain. In general patients will be given oral pain meds that are used every 4to6 hours, this is followed by meds given every 12hours. If this doesn't work patches can sometimes help, pumps can be used to deliver meds iv, occassionally an injection may be the best tool. Radiation is a great tool to manage cance pain as well. ...Read more

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Cancer pain (Tip)

There is no maximum dose of narcotics. Medication should be carefully titrated to maximum relief. ...See more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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What nonaddictive medicines may be given to help ease cancer pain?

What nonaddictive medicines may be given to help ease cancer pain?

Start simple:: Acetomenophen 1st, non-steroidal (ibuprofen and ilk), neural interactive (gabapentin, amytryptiline, analeptics. ...Read more

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Cancer pain (Tip)

Tell your md if you have history of cancer, fevers, unexplained weight loss, trauma. ...See more

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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

See your doctor for an evaluation
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Have a pelvic exam
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Have an ultrasound
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Is tramadol used for cancer pain?

Yes: Tramadol can be an effective pain relieving medication, including for cancer patients. ...Read more

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Is there cancer pain so intense that it cannot be controlled by any medication at home? What do they do in a hospice for it?

Is there cancer pain so intense that it cannot be controlled by any medication at home? What do they do in a hospice for it?

Yes/No: Pain medicines come in the form of tablets (oral use) or injectables which can be given under the skin (Sub Q) or given IV. Of these chocies SubQ and oral can be easily done at home but IV therapy requires a professional, frequently a Physician, who may be limited in availability, yet it can be arranged. It is all a matter of how best to keep patient comfortable. IV Pain meds can control any pain. ...Read more